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Clive Palmer and the Titanic II


Mining magnate Clive Palmer hasn’t had a whole lot of luck with floats, but the Queenslander’s hoping his ship will finally come in with a bold project to build the Titantic II.

Just on 100 years after the original Titantic sunk to a watery grave, taking more than 1500 passengers and crew with it, Mr Palmer has announced plans to build a fleet of luxury liners with Chinese shipping outfit CSC Jinling Shipyard.

Perhaps tempting fate, Mr Palmer said his Titanic II would be designed not to sink. But he hedged his bets in a series of statements that may leave some would-be passengers wondering if it’s too risky to take a fare.

“Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it,” the sometimes jocular Mr Palmer quipped. “It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen. But of course if you are superstitious ... you never know what could happen.”

- Clive Palmer to reporters in Brisbane

The mining billionaire announced his plans to build the Titanic II as he declared his intention to take a tilt at a lower house seat in Federal Parliament, going up against nemesis, Treasurer Wayne Swan in the Queensland seat of Lilley.

It’s not the first time Mr Palmer has run for Federal Parliament – like the ill-fated Titantic, he embarked on a fruitless journey towards pre-selection in Peter Slipper’s seat of Fisher in 1984 – and the superstitious may watch the 2013 election for any harbingers of future success – or doom.

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